San Francisco doesn’t get much media attention outside of the tech bubble. So I was very excited when Contagion — a star-studded action thriller about an international pandemic— filmed on our streets. (I kept walking my dog around Washington Square park hoping he would be asked to be an extra. no go.) The film was shot all of San Francisco with the intention of highlighting their location in the city.
Filming movies in San Francisco pumps pride into city residents, and money into the economy. Hopefully we will start to see more and more movies filming here! Up next is the HBO production “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen.
What are some other famous films starring the City by the Bay? Here are some of the Estate’s Groups favorites:
MILK Sean Penn earned an Oscar when he portrayed gay activist Harvey Milk in the rally cry for equal rights. Follow the uber-talented supporting cast (Franco, Hirsch, Brolin) through the Castro in the ’70s, a.k.a. a pretty entertaining place to be.
The Sweetest Thing Not your typical rom com, and that’s why we love it. A group of three girlfriends (played by Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair) navigate the dating scene with no shortage of innuendos, sexual mishaps, and the ever elusive true love… can it happen in San Francisco?! The flick’s girly-plus-gross factor is truly its sweetest asset.
Vertigo A psychological thriller about a detective plagued by a crippling case of (you guessed it) vertigo has the incomparable Jimmy Stewart wrapped up in a mysterious case and a tenuous romance. The only thing more stunning than the scenery? Hitchcock’s typically gripping twists.
Harold and Maude This cult classic is a dark comedy that tells the story of an unlikely romance between suicidal Harold and 79-year-old Maude. Their escapades throughout the Bay, the amazing ’70s wardrobe, and a sound track by Cat Stevens make this one a must-see.
Zodiac tells the story of the hunt for a notorious serial killer who killed in and around the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s and early 1970s, leaving several victims in his wake and taunting police with letters and ciphers mailed to newspapers. The case remains one of San Francisco’s most infamous unsolved crimes.